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September 28, 1932 ~ November 16, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old


Shirley Mable Skidmore (Holley)
Born 9/28/1932 – Died 11/16/2023

Shirley Mable Skidmore was born on September 28, 1932, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Sidney and Mabel
(Plantz) Skidmore. The youngest of six siblings, she also grew up near many aunts, uncles, and
Her younger years were spent in a home by the river, which allowed her the joy of fishing. Swimming
and ice skating. As the youngest, it didn’t stop her from following her older siblings around and
participating in many of their childhood adventures. She enjoyed working with her father, who was a
mechanic and wood worker. It’s likely instrumental in her love of working with her hands to build and
create. When she was 11 years old, her family went to a new church and heard the message of
salvation. That’s when she asked Jesus to forgive her from her sins and put her faith and trust in
During her junior high years, she met a special friend, Lois, who happened to have an older brother,
Alvin. She kept a close eye on him and liked the fact that he was always dressed very nicely, unlike
her brothers, and owned a new black Buick with a sun visor over the windshield and his initials on
each side of his car. Their families went to the same church. So, besides being his sister’s best friend,
they saw each other quite often. Unfortunately, Alvin didn’t seem to notice her.
As time went on and their friendship blossomed, at 17, Alvin asked her out on their first date. She
remembers how much fun it was to be on a date with him, especially in his Buick. Her family didn’t
own a car, so it was very exciting for her. After that first date, they decided they would only date
each other. Their summer included amusement parks, ice cream shops, roller skating and just
spending a lot of time together.
She returned to school, turned 18 in September, and would be graduating in January. About that
time, the Korean War broke out and Alvin needed to report to boot camp in November. They wrote
letters to each other and saw each other a few times during his leave, as their love for each other
grew. After she graduated, she got a job, but on Alvin’s last leave, he told her he needed to report to
duty to Korea at the end of April. They decided to get married before he left. Unfortunately, they had
to sell that beautiful black Buick to have some money to buy their wedding rings. Many families and
friends helped to plan the wedding. It was a wonderful and sad time, but they knew that God was
guiding them through it.
She went back to work as a telephone operator to save money for their new home together, riding
the bus at all hours of the day and night. She had enough money saved to buy an old 1935 Chevy that
only ran half the time, which was specially challenging. So trusting God each day was essential for her
mental and physical survival. She claimed the verse Psalms 16:8 says that “God is my right hand and
that I will not be shaken”. Alvin was discharged 18 months later. With her hard work, she was able to
buy furniture and essentials for a home. Soon after, two children came along and with that, many
challenges families experience.
In 1959, Alvin got a job at Aerojet, and they moved to Rancho Cordova, California, and lived there for
30 years. They then moved to Lodi, to be near their son’s family, which included 4 granddaughters.
Soon after their move, Alvin bought an Oak Furniture Store and their daughter, Cindy, moved to Lodi

as well, to help run the store. As they’d never owned a business before, it was a challenging and fun
experience for 3 years.
The joy of her life was her family and good friends, but her crafts were a passion from childhood to
very near the end of her life. She could have bought items she needed, but what fun would that be.
She’d rather try and make it. She’d find scrap wood to build a doll house, make people out of popsicle
sticks and clothes out of scrap material. She was also a gifted painter and sculpture. With the learned
skills from her father, she also tackled mishaps in the home.
When her granddaughters and great grandchildren came along, she had a new purpose in life. The
craft supplies increased tenfold. Alvin didn’t mind, because, along with teasing his grandchildren, he
would rather organize all his receipts and bank statements and pay the household bills.
Her other passion was to minister to young girls and mothers. She often worked with the Pregnancy
Resource centers and loved ministering to them body and soul, cherishing her bonds and memories
with them.
She has many, many, pages of stories of her life, but also poems that told a story. As a faithful
believer in Jesus, she could see how all things in life can be correlate to the wonders of his calling for
her and see how God’s hand works in all things. Her faith wavered from time to time, but God always
reminded her of His love for her and any situation she had to conquer. She loved the verse, Isaiah
49:16, which say that God inscribed her name in the palm of His hand. Her later years provided many
physical challenges and needed God more than ever, but she still knew that she could
encourage the next generation. When sleep evaded her, God knowing she would be with Him
throughout eternity.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Alvin Holley, three brothers, Sid Jr, Harold,
Howard and two sisters, Ruby Casey, and Opal Buchannan. She is survived by her son, Kerry Holley
and wife Becky, daughter, Cindy Holley and Margaret Bagnal, a neighbor’s daughter who they helped
raise. Also, her granddaughters Jennifer Roper, husband, Dallas, Roxanne Stovall, Megan Olson,
husband, Eric, and Erin McCarthy, and husband,

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